Permitted Development: Changes to the rules: 30th May 2013

The Government has introduced measures to increase the scope of development that can be undertaken with the benefit of 'permitted development' rights.  Such works do not require express planning permission from the Local Planning Authority, but the changes to the legislation mean that there is a greater requirement to submit details to the Council as the local planning authority as part of a prior notification process ahead of undertaking the proposed works.  The details can be found in Icon for pdf Statutory Instrument 2013 No. 1101 [153.1KB] and further information and guidance will be available on the Planning pages of the Council website in due course, although it should be noted that many of the new provisions do not apply to listed buildings. The main changes are summarised as follows:

  • There will be increased "permitted development" limits for home and business extensions.  This is for an initial three year period, although the increased limits do not apply to dwellings in conservation areas or the Chilterns AONB.  Visit Icon for pdf Large home extensions [104.13KB] for guidance on the procedure.
     
  • Premises in Use Class B1(a) office use will be able to change to C3 residential use, subject to prior approval covering flooding, highways and transport issues and contamination. 

     
  • Premises in Use Class B1 (Business), Use Class C1 (Hotels), Use Class C2 (Residential Institutions), Use Class C2A (Secure Residential Institutions), Use Class D1 (Non-residential Institutions) and Use Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure) will be able to change use permanently to a state-funded school, subject to prior approval covering highways and transport impacts and noise.  Buildings in other existing uses will be able to change use to a state-funded school for a temporary period of a single academic year.
     
  • Agricultural buildings under 500 square metres will be able to change to a number of other uses; Use Classes A1 (Shops), A2 (Financial & Professional Services), A3 (Restaurants and Cafes), B1 (Business), B8 (Storage and Distribution), C1 (Hotels), and D2 (Assembly and Leisure).  For buildings between 150 square metres and 500 square metres, prior approval covering flooding, highways and transportation impacts, and noise will be required. 
     
  • Buildings with Use Class A1 (Shops), Use Class A2 (Financial & Professional Services), Use Class A3 (Restaurants and Cafes), Use Class A4 (Drinking Establishments), Use Class A5 (Hot Food Takeaways), Use Class B1 (Business), Use Class D1 (Non-residential Institutions) and Use Class D2 (Assembly and Leisure) uses will be permitted to change use for a temporary period of up to two years to the following Use Classes - A1 (Shops), A2 (Financial & Professional Services), A3 (Restaurants and Cafes) and B1 (Business).
     
  • There will be increased thresholds for business change of use.  Thresholds will change from 235 square metres to 500 square metres for permitted development for changes of use from Use Class B1 (Business) or B2 (General Industrial) to Use Class B8 (Storage and Distribution) and from Use Class B8 (Storage and Distribution) to Use Class B1 (Business).